However — and this is crucial to understanding leadership theory — a leader can never delegate responsibility. If a leader could delegate responsibility then no leader would be held accountable. If this wasn’t the case, and responsibility could be delegated, then if a leader ever found themselves in a pickle they could simply claim they had delegated responsibility to their subordinate.
Failed leaders who don't understand this are easy to spot since they are quick to blame and frequently throw their direct reports under the bus, which creates zero loyalty. It doesn’t maintain a responsibility to the long term.